Today, I will be sharing my review of The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton with you all.
A murder on the high seas. A detective duo. A demon who may or may not exist.
It’s 1634 and Samuel Pipps, the world’s greatest detective, is being transported to Amsterdam to be executed for a crime he may, or may not, have committed. Travelling with him is his loyal bodyguard, Arent Hayes, who is determined to prove his friend innocent.
But no sooner are they out to sea than devilry begins to blight the voyage. A twice-dead leper stalks the decks. Strange symbols appear on the sails. Livestock is slaughtered.
And then three passengers are marked for death, including Samuel.
Could a demon be responsible for their misfortunes?
With Pipps imprisoned, only Arent can solve a mystery that connects every passenger onboard. A mystery that stretches back into their past and now threatens to sink the ship, killing everybody on board
I read Stuart Turton’s debut novel The Seven(1/2) Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle soon after its release, and I absolutely loved it. When I heard about The Devil and the Dark Water, of course I had to get my hands on it, and I was lucky enough to have my wish granted on NetGalley! I love a good story set at sea, so of course I was extremely excited to read this, and I wasn’t disappointed.
This is one of those stories that you really need to go in to with as little information as possible to appreciate it fully, so I’m actually going to completely avoid talking about the plot, and keep this review relatively short and sweet.
The book has a very interesting start, which instantly hooks you in to the story, and from that moment onwards the action continues, and gets increasingly more intense and exciting. I was desperate to see what would happen next.
All of the characters are well developed, and I had a few favourites in particular. I instantly liked Sara, because she doesn’t let her noble status stand in the way of her getting stuck in, or doing what is right. She’s feisty, fierce, but also loyal, and caring. Her character really brought so much to the story. I also liked Arent, who is really a gentle giant, but he’s strong, and dangerous when he needs to be. He will always stick by the people he cares about, and he’s just generally a great character.
There was so such a dark tone to the book, and the incidents on the ship really did seem like they could be the work of a devil. When you thought things couldn’t get any worse, you were truly shocked with what came next. I loved the feel of the story, and the way it has been written is brilliant.
This story kept me guessing the whole way through, and there was no way I could have expected that ending! It was a great way to end the story, and ties it up nicely, leaving no questions unanswered.
Despite the fact that it was so different from The Seven(1/2) Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, The Devil and the Dark Water was thrilling from start to finish, full of twists, and a thoroughly enjoyable read.
A huge thank you to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Landmarks for my copy of the book, in exchange for an honest review.
I give The Devil and the Dark Water a 4 star rating!
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